Emacspeak-27.0 (FastDog) Unleashed! (fwd)

Hans Zoebelein hzo at arcor.de
Sat Nov 24 02:19:04 UTC 2007

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Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 18:08:56 -0800
From: T. V. Raman <raman at users.sf.net>

                Emacspeak-27.0 (FastDog) Unleashed!

For Immediate Release:

San Jose, Calif., (Nov 24, 2007)
     Emacspeak: Bringing Cutting-Edge Access For   Sharp  Users
     --Zero cost of upgrades/downgrades makes priceless software affordable!

Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) --http://emacspeak.sf.net--
announces the immediate world-wide availability of Emacspeak 27.0
--a powerful audio desktop for leveraging today's evolving data
and service-oriented semantic Web.

Investors Note:

With several prominent analysts expanding coverage, NASDOG: ESPK
  has now been consistently trading over the net at levels close
  to that once attained by DogCom high-fliers.

What Is It?

Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides
complete eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit operating
environments. By seamlessly blending live access to all aspects
of the Internet such as Web-surfing, blogging and electronic
messaging into the audio desktop, Emacspeak enables speech access
to local and remote information with a consistent and
well-integrated user interface.  A rich suite of task-oriented
tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the evolving
service-oriented semantic Web.

Major Enhancements:

   1.  emacspeak-web: Updated Web interaction.
   2.  emacspeak-ess: Speech-enables Emacs Statistics Interface
   3.  Header Line Support:
   4. Windows Key Now Stops Speech
   5.Smarter mode-line output:
   6.  Google Suggest provides completion for search queries.
   7.  Integrated Support For Google Services
   8. emacspeak-moz:  Firefox integration.
   9. Emacspeak-webmarks: Online bookmarks.

Plus many more changes too numerous to fit in this margin ...

See the NEWS file for additional details.

Establishing Liberty, Equality And Freedom:

   Never a toy system, Emacspeak is now voluntarily bundled with
all major Linux distributions. Though designed to be modular,
distributors have freely chosen to bundle the fully integrated
system without any undue pressure --- a documented success for
the integrated innovation embodied by the system.  As the system
evolves, both upgrades and downgrades continue to be available at
the same zero-cost to all users.  The integrity of the Emacspeak
codebase is ensured by the reliable and secure Linux platform
used to develop and distribute the software.

Extensive studies have shown that thanks to these features, users
consider Emacspeak to be absolutely priceless. Thanks to this
wide-spread user demand, the present version is being made available
at the same zero-cost as earlier releases.

At the same time, Emacspeak continues to innovate in the
area of speech and multimodal interaction and carries forward the
well-established Open Source tradition of introducing user
interface features that eventually show up in luser environments.

On this theme, when once challenged by a proponent of a
crash-prone but well-marketed mousetrap with the assertion
"Emacs is a system from the 70's", the creator of Emacspeak
evinced surprise at the unusual candor manifest in the assertion
that it would take popular idiot-proven interfaces until the year
2070 to catch up to where the Emacspeak audio desktop is
today. Industry experts welcomed this refreshing breath of
Courage Certainty and Clarity (CCC) at a time when users are
reeling from the Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) unleashed by
complex software systems backed by even more convoluted press

Independent Test Results:

Independent test results have proven that unlike some modern (and
not so modern) software, Emacspeak can be safely uninstalled without
adversely affecting the continued performance of the computer. These
same tests also revealed that once uninstalled, the user stopped
functioning altogether. Speaking with Aster Labrador, the creator of
Emacspeak once pointed out that these results re-emphasize the
user-centric design of Emacspeak; "It is the user --and not the
computer-- that stops functioning when Emacspeak is uninstalled!".

Note from Aster and Bubbles:

UnDoctored Videos Inc. is still looking for volunteers to
star in a video demonstrating such complete user failure.

Obtaining Emacspeak:

Emacspeak can be downloaded from Google Code Hosting --see
http://code.google.com/p/emacspeak/ You can visit
Emacspeak on the WWW at http://emacspeak.sf.net.  You can subscribe
to the emacspeak mailing list emacspeak at cs.vassar.edu by sending
mail to the list request address emacspeak-request at cs.vassar.edu.
The latest development snapshot of Emacspeak is available via
Subversion from Google Code Hosting at


Emacspeak 27.0 --- AKA FastDog --- is the latest in a sequence of
  upgrades that make previous releases obsolete and downgrades
  unnecessary.  Emacspeak 26 --- AKA LeadDog --- continues the
  tradition of introducing innovative access solutions that are
  unfettered by the constraints inherent in traditional adaptive
  technologies.  Emacspeak 25 -- AKA ActiveDog -- re-activates
  open, unfettered access to online information.  Emacspeak-Alive
  -- AKA LiveDog -- enlivens open, unfettered information access
  with a series of live updates that once again demonstrate the
  power and agility of open source software development.
  Emacspeak 23.0 -- AKA Retriever --- went the extra mile in
  fetching full access.  Emacspeak 22.0 -- AKA GuideDog -- helps
  users navigate the Web more effectively than ever before.
  Emacspeak 21.0 -- AKA PlayDog -- continued the Emacspeak
  tradition of relying on enhanced productivity to liberate users.
  Emacspeak-20.0 -- AKA LeapDog -- continues the long established
  GNU/Emacs tradition of integrated innovation to create a
  pleasurable computing environment for eyes-free interaction.
  emacspeak-19.0 --AKA WorkDog-- is designed to enhance user
  productivity at work and leisure.  Emacspeak-18.0 --code named
  GoodDog-- continued the Emacspeak tradition of enhancing user
  productivity and thereby reducing total cost of ownership.
  Emacspeak-17.0 --code named HappyDog-- enhances user
  productivity by exploiting today's evolving WWW
  standards. Emacspeak-16.0 --code named CleverDog-- the follow-up
  to SmartDog-- continued the tradition of working better, faster,
  smarter. Emacspeak-15.0 --code named SmartDog--followed up on
  TopDog as the next in a continuing a series of award-winning
  audio desktop releases from Emacspeak Inc.  Emacspeak-14.0
  --code named TopDog--was the first release of this
  millennium. Emacspeak-13.0 --codenamed YellowLab-- was the
  closing release of the 20th. century. Emacspeak-12.0 --code
  named GoldenDog-- began leveraging the evolving semantic WWW to
  provide task-oriented speech access to
  Webformation. Emacspeak-11.0 --code named Aster-- went the final
  step in making Linux a zero-cost Internet access solution for
  blind and visually impaired users. Emacspeak-10.0 --(AKA
  Emacspeak-2000) code named WonderDog-- continued the tradition
  of award-winning software releases designed to make eyes-free
  computing a productive and pleasurable experience. Emacspeak-9.0
  --(AKA Emacspeak 99) code named BlackLab-- continued to innovate
  in the areas of speech interaction and interactive
  accessibility. Emacspeak-8.0 --(AKA Emacspeak-98++) code named
  BlackDog-- was a major upgrade to the speech output extension to

Emacspeak-95 (code named Illinois) was released as OpenSource on
the Internet in May 1995 as the first complete speech interface
to UNIX workstations. The subsequent release, Emacspeak-96 (code
named Egypt) made available in May 1996 provided significant
enhancements to the interface. Emacspeak-97 (Tennessee) went
further in providing a true audio desktop. Emacspeak-98
integrated Internetworking into all aspects of the audio desktop
to provide the first fully interactive speech-enabled WebTop.

About Emacspeak:

Originally based at Cornell (NY)
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/raman --home to Auditory User
Interfaces (AUI) on the WWW-- Emacspeak is now maintained on
GoogleCode --http://code.google.com/p/emacspeak -- and
Sourceforge -- http://emacspeak.sf.net.  The system is mirrored
world-wide by an international network of software archives and
bundled voluntarily with all major Linux distributions. On
Monday, April 12, 1999, Emacspeak became part of the
Smithsonian's Permanent Research Collection on Information
Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American

The Emacspeak mailing list is archived at Vassar --the home of the
Emacspeak mailing list-- thanks to Greg Priest-Dorman, and provides a
valuable knowledge base for new users.

Press/Analyst Contact: Hubbell Labrador

Going forward, BubbleDog acknowledges her exclusive monopoly on
setting the direction of the Emacspeak Audio Desktop, and
promises to exercise this freedom to innovate and her resulting
power responsibly (as before) in the interest of all dogs.

About This Release:

Windows-Free (WF) is a favorite battle-cry of The League Against
Forced Fenestration (LAFF).  --see
http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f3800/msjudgex.htm for details on
the ill-effects of Forced Fenestration.

CopyWrite )C( Aster and Hubbell Labrador. All Writes Reserved.
LiveDog (DM), GoldenDog (DM), BlackDog (DM) etc., are Registered
Dogmarks of Aster and Hubbell Labrador.  All other dogs belong to
their respective owners.

Best Regards,

Email:  raman at users.sf.net
WWW:    http://emacspeak.sf.net/raman/
AIM:    emacspeak       GTalk: tv.raman.tv at gmail.com
PGP:    http://emacspeak.sf.net/raman/raman-almaden.asc
Google: tv+raman
IRC:    irc://irc.freenode.net/#emacs

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